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Elphinstone Tower,towerhouse

A Scheduled Monument in Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9174 / 55°55'2"N

Longitude: -2.9769 / 2°58'36"W

OS Eastings: 339039

OS Northings: 669800

OS Grid: NT390698

Mapcode National: GBR 70N0.9M

Mapcode Global: WH7V1.7JPH

Entry Name: Elphinstone Tower,towerhouse

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6318

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: tower

Location: Tranent

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument consists of the remains of a late 15th century towerhouse.

The tower was partially demolished some years ago. It is of rectangular plan, 16m E-W by 12.3m N-S over walls 1.8m thick. It originally had a basement, entresol and two upper floors. THe N wall survives to 4m high, and incorporates a round-headed doorway with a segmental arch and an intact stair window. The E and W walls survive to first floor level, but become lower to the S.

The S wall has been replaced by a field boundary dyke. Two straight stairs survive within the N wall, on the E the main staircase and to the W a minor stair to a small upper chamber. The interior of the tower has been concreted over, and steps leading from the entrance added. The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 20m E-W by 16m N-S, to include the tower and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

The above-ground portion of the boundary wall to the immediate S of the tower is excluded from this scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fragmentary example of a simple towerhouse, which may be able, through further study and through excavation and analysis, to provide important information on the development and use of minor fortified residences in the SE Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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